Today in Iranian history: the Shahnameh is completed (1010)

Obviously there are a lot of important works of literature that have been created over the years and across the many cultures of the world, so if I were to describe Abu’l-Qasim Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh as simply a great work of literature I would be doing it something of an injustice. It is a great work… Continue reading Today in Iranian history: the Shahnameh is completed (1010)

Today in Iranian history: the Shahnameh is completed (1010)

Obviously there are a lot of important works of literature that have been created over the years and across the many cultures of the world, so if I were to describe Abu’l-Qasim Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh as simply a great work of literature I would be doing it something of an injustice. It is a great work… Continue reading Today in Iranian history: the Shahnameh is completed (1010)

If you Rest in Peace, turn to page…

(h/t Erik Loomis, from whom I learned this news and also was reminded of one of my favorite volumes in the series) I read the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books like a fiend when I was a kid. They were my “Harry Potter” or “Hunger Games” or (*shudder*) “Twilight,” only you felt like you were… Continue reading If you Rest in Peace, turn to page…

The tomb of the Wise Fool

Sounds like an Indiana Jones movie, right? Or maybe a half-hour cartoon? About a week ago archaeologists in Turkey claimed to have discovered the tomb of Nasreddin, a heavily fictionalized character in medieval Middle Eastern and Central Asian literature. Nasreddin Hoca, or Mulla Nasruddin, or Nasreddin Efendi, or any of the many other ways he’s… Continue reading The tomb of the Wise Fool